After taking another look at the proposal you wrote, for the Franklin Pierce administration to fund a feasibility study and construction of a series of wind towers, we decided to scale down.
Given (a) your career interest and academic experience in CIT, (b) the constraints of both time and budget, and (c) the fact that there are goals/actions in FPU's 2010 Climate Action Plan (CAP) that haven't been implemented yet, I think we agree that taking on one "semester-sized" piece of the CAP would be a better idea for you. The piece we talked about was implementing the SmartStrips pilot program (page 13 of the plan), and if this is the direction you want to go, then you'll want to talk to Rob and/or Doug very soon. Financing this initiative may be a challenge.
After our meeting, I went back to the Climate Action Plan and looked for other projects that might work for you, too. Depending on how your conversations go with Rob and Doug, you might want to consider how one other project could work (contained in the plan under "Goal Two: Assess and Upgrade Inefficient Energy Use") -- finding out what FPU is doing/ wants to do/ can do with solar hot water heating and/or PV technology. This could involve doing some research on various kinds of solar technologies or doing some cost/benefit analysis that could go into either a future version of our Climate Action Plan or a proposal. Again, we'll both want to talk with Doug and Rob to see what would make a do-able project for you.
Doug Lear <email@example.com> wrote:
Thanks Jess. Maybe he could look into LED lighting retrofitting of exterior lighting and analyze the energy savings vs the existing metal halide and high pressure sodium fixtures that we have now. That analysis would be helpful to justify the whole scale replacement.
Sent: Friday, January 31, 2014 8:45 AM
To: Doug Lear
Subject: Re: notes from today's meeting
Thanks, Doug. Michael is definitely interested in a project that involves renewable energy, energy conservation, and/or energy measurement. I am not sure he fully grasps (yet) the size of challenges at hand, so let me know if you have other "semester-sized" project ideas or if you think of some ways that these large scale projects can be broken down for him.